Could you recommend any good books to me to highlight what happens to displaced matriarchs? I don’t mean actual royalty. I mean strong women who suddenly aren’t in the roles they’ve filled for years. Retired pastor wives can be a solid example!
Think about it. Write about it! This is another shared writing idea!
A LOT could be said about how we can deal with nastiness. Entire libraries. Most specifically, right now I’m curious about understanding and dealing with those who are used to forms of deference but suddenly are without respect or consideration.
I am a pastor’s wife. I am not writing with any retired pastor’s wife in mind, although I’ve heard horror stories about PWs being asked to stop all leadership or volunteer work at a husband’s retirement. Instead, I just think more and more people seem entitled. I wonder if there are lessons we can learn to help transition during, you know, entitlement meeting brutal reality. Maybe the experience is a little like displaced matriarchs. And, maybe we should be mindful of that.
To be honest, I want to grow up to be a family matriarch. I want my recipes passed down. I want to help plan menus, accommodations, etc. But I suspect there are many smaller kingdoms people plan reign.
Where do you want respect? Deference? Entitlement? (I’m not too proud to admit that I like titles! ;))
How can we write characters with matriarchal aspirations? How can we let them down in a humane way?!
Anyway, throwing a few writing ideas out to you. 🙂 Feel free to comment with profound advice on any of the assorted topics mentioned in this post! ha ha